To lead, give value & help

  • Contact us: 07956 590094
  • For a subscription quote for your council contact 07956 590094
  • See the member bulletin for forthcoming events, training sessions and details of "on demand" courses
  • The HAPTC Chairman is Cllr Rob McCarthy from Aldbury Parish Council
  • The HAPTC office is open 08.30am - 12.30pm weekdays
  • The office staff are Carina Helmn, County Officer and Sue Campbell, Council Development Officer
  • To lead, give value and help

Who should attend?
Any Councillor, especially those considering becoming the Chairman of their council or a committee. Clerks also welcome for information.

Who is your trainer?

HAPTC, winner of the NALC "Outstanding Project of The Year" Award 2015 for the Clerk's Leadership Programme.
Cllr Peter Neville- Parish Councillor, Welwyn Parish Council, HAPTC Executive Member
Peter has been a parish councillor (Independent) since 1982, motivated by affection for his adopted village (Digswell, in Welwyn Parish). He was elected Chairman of Wel­wyn Parish Council in his thirties and again in his fifties, and meanwhile chaired HAPTC for several years. He contributed an article on chairmanship to the Local Council Review. He currently chairs a local nature reserve.

Carina Helmn – County Officer, HAPTC
Carina has worked within the sector since 1993 and as Clerk to Kimpton Parish Council was awarded AON/NALC Clerk of the Year in 2004 in recognition of her commitment to the community. As County Officer she oversees the provision of legal and procedural ad­vice to member councils and represents the parish and town councils on strategic partner­ships. She is the Lead Officer for the County Training Partnership and was awarded the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) with Distinction.

Is it for you?


  • What the chairman does before the meeting; at the meeting
  • Meeting law and procedure
  • Handling public participation
  • Using the casting vote
  • Media and the public
  • Styles of chairing

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Last updated: Fri, 08 Jun 2018 11:40